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Proposed Changes to Public Charge Rules

On Oct. 10, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the proposed public charge changes in the Federal Register. SFUSD supports our immigrant community and will work closely with the mayor’s office, along with city departments and community organizations, to provide updated information on the impact of these proposed changes.

The public comment period will run through Dec. 10, 2018. To make your voices heard, submit public comments online. Please note that all information submitted through this comment form will be shared directly to the federal government at

Here are a few important points regarding the public charge rule:

  • The proposed public charge rule is just a proposal. The law has not changed yet.
  • This law only applies to individuals seeking admission into the U.S. or applying for adjustment of status. This provision of the law does not apply to refugees, asylees, special immigrant juvenile visa holders, victims of trafficking, victims of crime, and other special categories of immigrants.
  • Public charge and this proposed rule do not apply to the naturalization process through which lawful permanent residents apply to become U.S. citizens.
  • Every case is unique so contact your attorney if you already have one. San Francisco residents can connect to free community legal immigration services by calling Bay Area Legal at 800-551-5554 or visiting

For more information, read our FAQ about the proposed changes to public charge rules (Español | 中文 | عربي | Filipino | Tiếng Việt).

Upholding San Francisco’s Sanctuary City Policy

In our diverse community we recognize that many students and their families are struggling with questions, concerns and fears about the impact of the current administration. We work very hard to make our schools safe spaces for learning for every one of our students. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring that a child’s race, religion and immigration status do not create any barriers to their education. As described in our district policies, we will continue to uphold our commitment and support of San Francisco as a sanctuary city for all immigrants.

SFUSD Refugee and Immigrant Supports in Education (RISE-SF)

Programs Description Links & Contacts
Newcomer Programming Supports Workshops, professional development, program planning support, and consultation for staff around supportings newcomer students and families.

District Coordinator: Angelina Romano, MSW/PPS


Newcomer Student Linkages

Legal referrals for Latino students who migrated to the U.S. after 2014, and are in removal/deportation proceedings.

Referrals and supports for students and families who have been granted refugee/ asylee status (e.g., SIJS, U-Visa, T-Visa, and other forms of relief).

Services Coordinator: Susana Rivero


Sanctuary Education Supports

Workshops, professional development, program planning support, and consultation for staff around supporting undocumented students and multi-status families.

Information, resources, and referrals to school support staff for non-citizen students and families.

District Coordinator: Angelina Romano


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SFUSD College Resources for Undocumented Students

Get college resources for undocumented students, such as financial aid and scholarships for nonresident tuition at public colleges and universities in California, at the College Resources for Undocumented Students webpage.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

To date, nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth have been granted DACA status, which provides work authorization and temporary relief from deportation. The program has enabled our graduates to contribute to their communities by significantly increasing opportunities for higher education and jobs. Unfortunately, on Sept. 5, 2017, President Trump directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to phase out and eventually end DACA over two and half years.

Additional resources:

San Francisco Immigrant & Legal Education Network (SFILEN)

SFILEN logoAs a network of 13 community-based organizations, SFILEN provides free immigration legal services, comprehensive legal assistance and community education.

Additional resources:

San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA)

OCEIA’s integrated immigrant assistance programs include a broad spectrum of services that lead to full civic, economic and linguistic integration. For families who are unsure of their status or need legal consultation, OCEIA has developed a new tool to find the right lawyer in San Francisco.